Sunday, June 10, 2018

Again Ecuador: Club-winged Manakin

Watching French Open with Rafael Nadal (Spain) playing Dominic Thiem (Austria) and it's a great match and a good time to catch up on some Ecuador blog entries. 

Here's a little bird I've been saving for its own entry, Club-winged Manakin (Machaeropterus deliciosus).  Deliciosus indeed.  It certainly lives up to its name.  A true beauty.  The photos are not great, but not bad either, as I recall the narrow, little triangled window we were shooting through.

I took this 43 second video trying to get the loud cracking sound of the bird snapping it's wings.  I didn't get the wing snapping, but about 14 seconds in there are 5-6 seconds of really clear images.  You can hear the sound of the rain and the voices of other participants.

It was raining hard when we found this bird and the hilly trails were slick with mud.  The manakin made it all worthwhile.

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